Billy D. Ralls

January 15, 1939March 26, 2013
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Billy Don Ralls, born January 15, 1939 and passed away on March 26, 2013, resided in Houston, Texas for the past fifty years.

Bill, as he was called, was born in Nursery Texas to Jewel Benton Ralls and Ozelle Bedwell Ralls; he had ten brothers and sisters. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Bill proudly worked his own way through the University of Texas, receiving a Bachelor of Business of Administration degree in 1962. After graduation, he went to work at The Houston Chronicle. First, he worked as a Credit Manager, and later became the Director of Administrative Services. During his 39 years at The Chronicle, Bill started the Houston Chronicle Federal Credit Union, and was the founder of the First Edition, an organization for long time employees and retirees. He was also president of the Advertising Media Credit Executive Association, and was awarded Credit Man of the Year.

Bill served for four years in the Army Reserve military branch. He was an active member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston Chamber of Commerce, in which he received several lifetime awards. Bill served for several years on the board of Search, a voluntary service to help the homeless.

After retirement from The Chronicle, Bill, being the entrepreneur that he was, started Statewide Traffic Company and High Loads. He also fueled his passion for restoring the old by developing homes in Garden Oaks, and resurrecting a family cemetery in Arkansas. He liked to "Turn old things into new." Being a country boy, he loved his ranch in Brenham, and riding around on his tractor. Bill also liked to travel the world with his wife, Edith.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of fifty one years, Edith Ohrt Ralls, two daughters, Kimberly Ralls and Christine Ralls-Spanos, his son in law, Joseph Spanos, and his grandsons, Anthony Spanos and John Spanos. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Bobby G. Ralls, J. B. Ralls, Molly Sumerline, Patsy Price, Nancy Orcutt, Johnny Ralls, Gail Leur, and Kenneth Ralls. Bill is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Monica; his brother, Monty Ralls; his sister, Joy Harlow and his parents.

Bill will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery following a Celebration of Life in the Chapel of Pat H. Foley & Company on Saturday, March 30 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be held Friday, March 29 from 6:00 to 9:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First National Bank of Dierks Bank in care of the Old Brown Ralls Cemetery in Dierks, Arkansas.



  • Visitation with Billy Friday, March 29, 2013
  • Celebration of Billy's Life Saturday, March 30, 2013


  • Laid to Rest following an escorted cortege

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Rick Henry

March 17, 2014

I just read this obituary on Bill,,or Billy Don as I recalled his name long ago. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. We are very isolated from what few family members survive, ( mostly cousins) that all drifted in different directions long ago, and lost touch over the years. I live with my disabled wife, and disabled younger daughter, and miss knowing those who are still around. I send my sincere condolances, and feelings of sorrow even though we not able to be around the Ralls family after my childhood years. Best wishes, and blessings to you all. Sincerely, Remmel (Rick) Henry,,3018 Hemlock Blvd. Temple, TX 76502

Robert Ruiz

August 22, 2013

I just learned that Billy joined the LORD. I am forever grateful for his friendship and his trust in me while employed at the Houston Chronicle. Billy was a good man and will be greatly missed by me and my family. My condolences to the Ralls family.

Dawn Davis Allen

April 3, 2013

Edie,Kim, & Christi,
I am so sorry for your loss I know what a great man he was & what he meant to everyone. I will keep you all in my heart & prayers. Good Bless you all.
Luv you all,

David Ralls

April 1, 2013

Each of us has someone we can point to, who has had an impact on our lives and Uncle Billy was that person for me. It was from Uncle Billy that my desire to pursue a college education spawned. I can attributed what success I have had to his encouragement.

I have very strong memories of our family gatherings when I was a boy and especially huddled around the TV watching the Texas and Texas A&M game on Thanksgiving. It seemed our families did most everything together when we grew up and I treasure those memories.

Edith, Kim and Christy thank you for sharing uncle Billy with me.

March 29, 2013

Dear Edie:
I was so sorry to hear about your lost. I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God continue to Bless you and yours always.
Brenda Thompson

Reta and Ron Rebstock

March 29, 2013

Bill Ralls will always be in our hearts and in our minds. A kind, Generous and caring person. Ron and I will never forget the appreciation of good music and the support he gave "Southern Light".

Reta and Ron Rebstock
"Southern Light"


March 29, 2013

You are one of our heroes.
We will remember you always and miss you dearly.
Take your Warrior's rest for a duty well done.

I wish to extend to members of your family my deepest sympathy on their loss.
May the force of GOD be with them as they walk through this difficult time.

May the loving promises of our LORD and Savior comfort them and give them strength.
On behalf of a grateful nation we leave our sympathy and hope you accept this as a small token of appreciation
for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one to our Country.


Olivia Diaz

March 29, 2013

During my 34 years at the Houston Chronicle Billy Ralls was my supervisor in the Credit Dept. for about a year in a temporary position. I transferred to another department and later he became the director of administrative services. We began a friendship that lasted until we both retired. I found Bill to be a kind, compassionate and caring person, always encouraging employees in his department to do their best. He wanted all to succeed. I was saddened to hear of his passing. John and I both send our deepest sympathy to the family.

Carol Zabawa Tackitt

March 28, 2013

Dearest family of Bill
I met Bill at the Houston Chronicle - he was my boss in the Credit Department for several years. He was a very kind and understanding person to work with and even though he always had a full schedule he took time to attend my wedding. Wow, what a man he was. I know he loved his family because he'd mention something about them often.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers...God Bless.
Carol Zabawa Tackitt

Denise Blonstein

March 28, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you Kim and all of your family for the loss of your father. I know he was a very loving husband,father,grandfather and friend to all. Another Angel has received his wings and welcomed into Heaven with loving arms. You are in my heart and my prayers.